25 best Nintendo Switch games you can buy right now

We haven't even hit peak game release season for 2018 and the list of best Nintendo Switch games is already bursting at the seams. And what makes it even better is that there's pretty much something for everyone on this list, ranging from AAA releases to indie darlings that are pretty much a crime to miss out on.

Although it might seem obvious for this list to include the likes of Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, there are also some excellent ports, indie darlings, platformers like Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition or even an RTS or two like Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle

We're not quite sure how the Nintendo Switch has managed it, but we're not even getting started with all the games that the console has on offer. Overwhelming much? If you're looking to pick up the best Nintendo Switch bundle for you, and want to know which games you should get first, we've listed the best titles available on the switch in ascending order from 25 to the hallowed number one spot. Oh, plus if even Bowser can't hold back your excitement for Nintendo's newest console, you'll want to take a look at our upcoming Nintendo Switch games to see just what's on the horizon.

25. Night in the Woods

Genre: Adventure
Price: $19.99 / £17.09  

What is it? A Nintendo Switch port of one of the best indie hits of 2017

Why should you buy it? If you haven't played Night in the Woods yet, the fact it's now on Switch means you literally have no excuse now. It's high on the list of best indie games of 2017, and although it might look like a cutesy adventure of cats, foxes and crocodiles in a colourful world, it's actually far darker than that. The story flows with sub-currents of mental health issues, concerns about identity and failure, death, mourning, love and all kinds of growing up pains, and it's all utterly brilliant. You play as Mae, as she works out how to come home after dropping out of college to a town that's not quite the same anymore, and is full of her past - both good and bad. Rhythm action, platforming and other gameplay tropes are all roped into telling Mae's story, and thanks to the fact it comes free with the Weird Autumn DLC, the Switch port is the best way to experience her journey. Just be prepared, the scariest monster in the dark woods is you.

24. Thumper

Genre: Rhythm action
Price: $19.99 / £15.99

What is it? Self described as a 'rhythm violence' game, Thumper sees you hurtling down a track as a giant bug perfectly hammering buttons to the beat.

Why should you buy it? Thumper might initially remind you of something a little gentler like Audiosurf as you glide down slick, stylised pathways with electronica in your ears but don't be deceived, this aural extravaganza requires a calm head and pitch perfect twitch reflexes. Initially your giant bug just requires a tap of A as you go over a light panel or perhaps holding a button as you crash around corners but before long you're tapping, flying, crashing down onto the track and causing tidal waves to destroy enormous floating heads... and that's only the beginning. Utterly unforgiving with a soundtrack that you can't pump into you head loud enough, Thumper is a treat for the senses and potentially RSI inducing for your thumbs. 

23. Perception


Genre: Horror
Price: $14.99 / £12.99

What is it? A horror game that's all about sensuality - but not quite what you think.

Why should you buy it? It’s not often that you have a blind protagonist in a game, but that’s exactly what Perception has done. You play as a young girl called Cassie, who’s trying to explain her nightmares by exploring a rather sinister mansion using echolocation and a useful text-to-speech app. As you solve the mansion’s various mysteries, it transforms and presents even more to uncover. Its narrative constantly keeps you feeling tense as you play, and despite the fact your playable character is blind, the experience is very visual. Put on some headphones and immerse yourself in this excellent psychological thriller ASAP. 

22. Battle Chef Brigade

Genre: Action/Puzzle
Price: $19.99 / £17.99

What is it? Part match-three cooking sim, part action brawler. 100% delightful.

Why should you buy it? Battle Chef Brigade is a strangely desirable mash-up. It mixes match-three gameplay with a side-scrolling action game with fantastic results. As the title suggests, it’s also a blend of monster battling and cooking, but it’s miles away from your mama’s cooking game. Kill the beasts and then use their ‘parts’ as ingredients for your meal, so the onus is on you to become a more efficient fighter so you can gather supplies more quickly. The cooking is the match-three part, whereby matching elements together increases the flavour of your dishes, and therefore impressing the judges. It’s a flavour fusion that’s brilliantly addictive. 

21. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Genre: Platformer
Price: $59.99 / £49.99

What is it? The best Wii U game ever is now on Switch.

Why should you buy it? If you missed out on Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze the first time around thanks to its Wii U exclusivity - which is entirely plausible - you need to catch up on DK's latest adventures. This is a gem of a 2D platformer that's been remastered for Switch, running at 720p HD in handheld mode and at full 1080p HD on the big screen. Donkey Kong has never looked so good.  You'll be side-scrolling through a variety of stunning levels, and thanks to a wide range of enemies and challenges, it never feels dull. And if you want our advice, it is best played with the soundtrack on full blast. 

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